OSS Current News

Following are topical news items about the Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation's activities


Christmas on the Square 2016

The Old Stagecoach Stop was a gathering place for the 20th Christmas on the Square revelers. Kitchen crew (l-r): Amelia Falge, Stephanie Nutt, Abigail Hillman, Kelly Howley, and Jan Primas. Jerry Barnabee offered several choices of drinks.
Jeanie Porter greeted each visitor as they entered the McDonald Cabin. Pam Barnabee provided seasonal melodies on her dulcimer. Visitor helped themselves to sandwiches and "stuff" in the kitchen.
A quiet and cozy corner to enjoy the refreshments. Five satisfied hot chocolate "customers."
Season's Greetings from the OSS

2016 Old Settlers Day

The 36th Annual Old Settlers Day offered decent end-of-July weather on Saturday and a new feature. In addition to the Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders encampment, there were Civil War reenactors camped along the Roubidoux with drills and demonstrations during the day. At the Old Stagecoach Stop, we were pleased to have David Chuber (top left), historian at the Fort Leonard Wood U. S. Army Engineer School History Office. Mr. Chuber shared information about medical instruments and practices during the Civil War. The Tavern room was filled all day long with visitors enjoying his lively presentations. Gone To Pieces Quilt Guild members demonstrated their craft in the McDonald Cabin during the day. Three civilian reenactors (lower left) enjoyed our hospitality. Although the advertised skit in front of the Old Stagecoach Stop did not occur, a small group of soldiers (lower right) marched past the building. The Pulaski County Historical Society's effort in adding this new dimension to the annual festivity should be applauded. It brought many new visitors to our building.

Fourth Grade Tours

All fourth grade students study Missouri history. As part of that, ten fourth grade classes visited the OSS during the first three weeks of May to learn something about the history of their own "backyard." Half of the class toured the OSS and learned about its part in the history of the town and county (top). The other half viewed a slide show in the McNeese Building about the formation and rich history of Pulaski County. They then played some games enjoyed by children a century ago. Nine classes from Freedom Elementary in St. Robert and two combined classes from Richland attended the Foundation's educational offering. The program was conducted by Jan and Terry Primas.

January Board Meeting

At the January meeting of the Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation Board of Directors, the following officers were elected for the coming year: President, Jeanie Porter; Vice President, Jan Primas; Secretary, Kelly Howley; Treasurer, Pam Barnabee. The other members of the board are Terry Primas, Stephanie Nutt, Glenna Scott, Dave Edie, and Kitty McKelvey.

Christmas on the Square

The Old Stagecoach Stop was open for the nineteenth Christmas on the Square, December 3rd. Visitors lined up early and a line remained outside as young and old filed through the building to select a cup of hot chocolate or cider and some finger foods. For many, this has become a traditional holiday visit. For many others, it is their first time in the building. We were glad to see first-timers and many-timers.

 

Once inside the McDonald Cabin, visitors warmed up in front of the fireplace. The line moved efficiently through the kitchen where cups and plates were filled. The refreshments were made and provided free of charge by the OSS volunteers.

Leaving the kitchen, visitors enjoyed the seasonal dulcimer melodies floating from the Archaeology Room. Many paused in the tavern (as space permitted) to enjoy the music and finish their refreshments. The weather provided one of the mildest evenings in memory.

Oktoberfest 2015

Saturday, October 17, was a beautiful crisp Fall day, appropriate for an Oktoberfest celebration on the square in downtown Waynesville. There were activities in the backyard of the Old Stagecoach Stop, including making baskets (above left) with Jeanie Porter, butter (c) with Kelly Howley and Stephanie Nutt, and hanky dolls with Kitty McKelvey (r). Volunteers Jan Primas, Terry Primas, and Dave Edie (at immediate right) greeted visitors in the building.

 

 

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  p class="style2">2014 Old Settlers Day

The Old Stagecoach Stop and the Pulaski County Historical Society co-sponsored Old Settlers Day, the 34th in the modern festival's run. It was a hot and sunny day in the City Park, but a large crowd turned out for the occasion.

Jan Primas, President of the Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation, welcomes the crowd to Old Settlers Day. To her left are the co-chairpersons of the festival. In the middle is Kelly Howley of the Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation. On the right is Denise Seever of the Pulaski County Historical Society.

The festival officially begins with the firing of the muzzle loaders. Officials getting things underway are a representative from Fort Leonard Wood. To his right is Steve Lynch, State Representative. Next to Representative Lynch is Mayor Luge Hardman of Waynesville.

For sights and a sense of this year's festival, click the link below for a slideshow review.

2014 Old Settlers Day Slideshow

Freedom Fest

Freedom Fest 2014 was held on the first day of summer, a hot and humid one. A steady but not overwhelming stream of guests visited the museum and enjoyed its conditioned air.Volunteers helped the younger visitors make liberty-themed bookmarks.

OSS Repairs

 

Not surprisingly, there is always a list of maintenance and repair items for the OSS. Board member Terry Primas and Shawn Becker of Shawn W. Becker Construction worked their way down a list during the second week of June that included the following repairs: painting of the Dentist Office floor; sanding and painting of balcony floor (Shawn at left); repainting banister, bandboard, and columns on the front of the building; replacing deteriorating siding on the leanto; repairing and repainting the two porch benches; installing trim on Civil War Room door; planing Civil War Room doors to fully open; and repainting trim and doors of the Civil War Room. New seamless guttering was installed on the front of the building in May.

 

 

 

St. Patty's Fest

It was a beautiful 70 degree day on Saturday, March 15 for St. Patty's Fest (followed by several inches of snow Sunday) for our first event of 2014. OSS volunteers aided about 100 children make shamrock and beaded necklaces. Nearly 300 festival goers visited the building.

 

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Archaeology Room Renovation

The small, 100 square foot room that houses artifacts from the salvage archaeology conducted by LEAP students between 1989 and 1995 is undergoing a facelift. The Board decided that the three (only two are pictured) display cases that were acquired in 1995 were in need of replacement. The glass tops were very scratched.
Brian and Lisa Brown of Brown Woodworking in Devil's Elbow constructed the wall-mounted cabinets. The placement of the display cases on the walls increased the floor space and the room seems bigger. Brian is installing the locks in the picture at right.

Pictured at left is the old floor in the Archaeology Room. The lean-to addition to the building, of which the room is a part, was probably built sometime in the 1880s. The pine tongue-and-groove floor was painted several colors and stained in the past. With some sanding, the floor now looks rather decent. A Varathane floor finish will be applied as the final step in the renovation.

With the installation of the wall-mounted display cases, much of the wall space for pictures and other information was decreased. Images would be hard to see on the wall above the cases so soffit display areas were constructed. Champ Lane (left) and Daniel Hill (right) are beginning to install a frame for soffit construction. At right is the plywood soffit built over the two cases in the northwest corner of the room.

With new directional lighting, a coat of paint, and refinished floor, the refurbished Archaeology Room is brighter and roomier.

 

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Fourth Grade Tours
Fourth Grade students from the Waynesville School District toured the OSS this spring. In addition to touring the ten rooms of the historic building, they viewed a slide show in the McNeese Building that presented a brief history of Pulaski County. The students then tried their hands at four traditional games of skill: ring and pin, sticks, graces (shown here), and cobs. Weather permitting, the classes finished the day with lunch and activities at the City Park.
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Fourth Grade Tours
Fourth Grade students from the Waynesville School District toured the OSS this spring. In addition to touring the ten rooms of the historic building, they viewed a slide show in the McNeese Building that presented a brief history of Pulaski County. The students then tried their hands at four traditional games of skill: ring and pin, sticks, graces (shown here), and cobs. Weather permitting, the classes finished the day with lunch and activities at the City Park.
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